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Things to do in London this weekend

Go full steam ahead into the last quarter of the year and make this weekend count. Here are some of the coolest things to do this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in London

Matthew Rainsford
By Time Out London Things To Do, Alexandra Sims, Angela Hui and Charlie Allenby |
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We’re officially heading into autumn, but that doesn’t mean your weekends have to cool down. In fact, London’s cultural calendar is just hotting up. You can go behind-the-scenes at some of London’s most quirky landmarks for Heritage Open Days, see your favourite podcasts IRL at the London Podcast Festival and explore Colourscape’s kaleidoscopic tunnels which will be taking over Clapham Common for its annual festival. Happy weekending, people!

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What’s on this weekend?

Things to do, Festivals

London Podcast Festival

icon-location-pin Kings Place, King’s Cross
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Pop your audio bubble and take part in the live recording of your favourite shows at this podcast party. This weekend you can sit in on live recordings of ‘Throwing Shade’, ‘Beef and Dairy Network Podcast’ and ‘Griefcast’. 

 

Things to do, Quirky events

Colourscape Music Festival

icon-location-pin Clapham Common, Clapham
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Colourscape’s colourful tunnels are taking over Clapham Common. Grab a dazzling cape and venture into the maze of kaleidoscopic tunnels to hear music in the rainbow glow. 

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News, Events & Festivals

Heritage Open Days

England’s largest festival of history and culture is back with loads of free behind-the-scenes events at a range of unusual London landmarks. Here’s our pick of the best bits to see this weekend. 

Museums

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition review

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It’s your last chance to see the enormous Design Museum exhibition dedicated to the life and films of Stanley Kubrick, so good we gave it a whopping five stars. See original props, posters, costumes and storyboards from ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Lolita’ and ‘The Shining’. Separate truth from fiction (and lunar myths) at this dazzling foray through the great man’s work

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Film, Drama

Film of the Week: ‘Downton Abbey’

Cuddle up in your fave cinema this weekend to this big old comfort blanket of a movie stitched together from vignettes involving missing paper knives, a problematic ball gown and an unfortunate outbreak of rain. It’s as nourishing as one of Mrs Patmore’s crumpets, and about as edgy, but fans of the much-loved TV show will love it. 

Photograph: London Swedes Kräftskiva
Restaurants

London Swedes Kräftskiva

icon-location-pin Paddington

The Swedish are crazy about crayfish - and they celebrate the annual harvest at rowdy, sing-a-long parties. Join them on Saturday for drinks, and plenty of seafood at London Swedes Kräftskiva's party at Smith’s Bar and Grill in Paddington.   

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Thabiso Sekgala_ Homeland, Johanna Mthombeni, 2009_ Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery
Art

Show of the Week: Thabiso Sekgala: ‘Here is Elsewhere’

icon-location-pin Hayward Gallery, South Bank
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Find time this weekend to see the gorgeous photography by a young artist who died too soon. This is art about belonging to and navigating the world. 

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Bars and pubs, Izakaya

Bar of the Week: Black Rock Tavern

icon-location-pin Moorgate

Sink your weekend drinks at this whisky bar-pub that looks like a Japanese izakaya. Go for the highball drinks that take whisky soda to a whole new level. 

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Theatre, Drama

‘A Very Expensive Poison’

icon-location-pin Old Vic, Waterloo
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Catch Lucy Prebble’s metaplay about the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. It’s a surreal and brilliant drama about the madness of our times. 

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Things to do, Festivals

London Design Festival

icon-location-pin Various, London
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The London Design Festival is back. Spend the weekend checking out some of the displays and installations, including ‘Take the Plunge’ at Baregehouse, ‘Please Be Seated’ at Finsbury Avenue Square and ‘Void’ at Collins Music Hall. 

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Things to do, Festivals

Peckham Festival

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London
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Hit up this hyperlocal fest championing SE15 creatives this weekend. This year Copeland Park will be bursting with workshops from Extinction Rebellion and Dulwich Picture Gallery, a huge flower installation from London Flower School and bicycle-powered film screenings. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

Dog Day at Skylight

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While your four-legged pal snacks on treats you can neck ‘Paw-n star Martinis’ and ‘Frenchie 75s’ at this pooch-themed party at Skylight on Sunday. A percentage of proceeds made from each Dog Day cocktail will go to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

The East London Vintage Kilo Sale

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Grab the clothes you fancy at this second-hand sale, take them to the scales and pay just £15 per kilo for your pile. With an average of three to four items per kilo, you can get a whole new outfit with change from £20. 

Things to do, Consumer shows and conventions

London Fashion Week Festival

icon-location-pin 180 The Strand, Strand
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Check out a curated edit of designer collections from more than 150 brands, go front row for a show and listen to talks from industry experts on new trends while swinging your comp tote bag. Fancy. 

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Things to do, Talks and lectures

Pocket-Sized

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Celebrate the beauty of words and short form at Jewish community centre JW3. It’s in partnership with Granta, the oldest literary magazine in the UK, and the day-festival will be chared by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig. 

Hackney Flea Market
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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Hackney Flea Market

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Costume jewellery, vintage fabrics, salvaged furniture and reclaimed fixtures and fittings will all be on the menu at this second-hand staple. Who knows? You might just find the shelving unit of your dreams to replace that tatty Ikea one you’ve been lugging around since uni days.

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Big Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans in 2018
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Black Masking Culture

icon-location-pin V&A, South Kensington
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Get up close and admire the intricate beauty of Big Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters’ massive Mardi Gras Indian suits. It’s the first time the creations will be on display outside of the US, so make sure you don’t Miss-issippi them!

Photograph: Beauty it's a shady business, African Utopia
Things to do, Festivals

Africa Utopia

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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The celebration of the African diaspora returns to the Southbank this weekend and there’s a whole host of music, debates and amazing street food to sink your teeth into. Highlights include a talk by poet and rapper Akala and a special Africa Utopia themed ‘Letters Live’. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Retrospect London Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale

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Give fast fashion the heave-ho and fill your wardrobe with second-hand gems at this kilo sale. Plus, with it a flat £15 per 1,000g of clothing, your shopping shouldn’t weight heavily on your conscience, either.

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